Placement tests and auditions are scheduled over an extended period of time so that you may take more than one. They are important if you intend to continue in any of these areas at any time over the next four years. All levels of ability are encouraged to participate. If you miss a session, please contact the chair of the department offering the tests or auditions.

Available now and online

French

For students who have not taken the SAT exam in French or do not have an AP score of 4 or 5:

For students who have taken the SAT exam in French or have a 4 or 5 on the AP test:

Hispanic Studies

  • Online Placement Test (approximately 30 minutes to complete) http://www.lang.ox.ac.uk/tests/tst_placement_spanish.html.
  • Email your results to Prof. Luis Gonzales, lmgon@conncoll.edu, prior to Aug. 25.
  • Results: Course placement will be emailed to you directly by Prof. Gonzalez.
  • Please see listing below about time to meet faculty during Orientation. Please note: If you learned Spanish outside of the classroom—for example, if you speak Spanish in your family or your community—email Prof. Jennifer Rudolph, jrudolph@conncoll.edu.

Scheduled during Orientation

FRIDAY, AUGUST 24

10:30 A.M.-12 NOON | LISTED IN ORDER OF START TIMES

Mathematics & Statistics

10:30 a.m. – 12 noon

Placement interviews (lasting 5 minutes) will take place during the Academic Fair at the Mathematics & Statistics Table. Strongly recommended for all students planning to take a mathematics course, particularly those planning to take any course in the calculus sequence.

Results: Will be given to you at interview.

Theater

12 noon – 12:45 p.m.

Introductory Workshop. For all students interested in enrolling in THE 104: Acting I: Preparation in the Fall or Spring semester. Enrollment in this Core Course is limited, and this workshop is highly recommended for students interested in Theater as a major or minor. Palmer Auditorium, Room 202.

Results: You will be notified by email by Sunday evening.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25

4:30-7:30 P.M. | LISTED IN ORDER OF START TIMES

Arabic Language

4:30-6:00 p.m.

Placement Interview (lasting 5-10 minutes), Blaustein 312 (Prof. Rapoport’s Office). During the interview we'll discuss your background in Arabic to determine the appropriate course level for you at Conn.

Results: Will be given to you at interview.

Biology

4:30-5:30 p.m.

All students interested in taking BIO 106 Cells or BIO 110 Accelerated Cell Biology should come and take a written assessment that will help us better understand the biology experiences of our incoming class. We will have you answer questions about data interpretation and solve biological problems. We will also ask you about your high school biology experiences. Many students have not taken biology since their first year of high school, while others have had biology just last year. Associate Professor of Biology Deborah Eastman will be available to answer any questions about the Biology courses. Olin 014.

Results: Placement results will be emailed to you by Sunday evening.

Chinese

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Written placement exam (lasting 50 min), 3rd floor lounge, Woodworth House.
Oral interview (lasting 10 min), Room 203, Woodworth House.

Results: Will be emailed to you by Sunday evening.

Dance

4:30-6 p.m.

Introduction to Dance Department Class. Come ready to dance and find out what classes you can register for in your first semester at Conn. Myers Studio, 3rd floor, Cro

German

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Placement test (lasting 1 hour), required of students who did not receive a 4 or 5 on AP or 570+ on ACH and wish to continue German study at Conn. Blaustein 208

Results: Will be emailed to you by Sunday evening.

Hispanic Studies

4:30-6:30 p.m.

Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies Luis Gonzalez will be available to answer questions about Spanish placement, or the Hispanic Studies department. Winthrop 205

Italian

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Placement Test and Interview (10 minutes each), Fanning 405 (Professor of Italian Paola Sica’s Office). Students enrolling in Elementary Italian (ITL 101) do not need to take a placement test. Students with prior knowledge and study of Italian must take the placement test.

Results: Will be given to you at interview.

Japanese

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Written Placement Exam (lasting 30 minutes), 1st floor lounge, Woodworth House and Oral Interview (lasting 10 minutes), Room 101 Woodworth House (Senior Lecturer in Japanese Hisae Kobayashi’s Office)

Results: Will be emailed to you by Sunday evening.

Latin & Ancient Greek

4:30-6 p.m.

Placement Interview (lasting 5-10 minutes), Blaustein 324 (Associate Professor of Classics Darryl Phillips’ Office). During the interview we'll discuss your background in the language and talk about prior classes that you completed to determine the appropriate course level for you at Conn.

Results: Will be given to you at interview.

Mathematics & Statistics

4:30-6 p.m.

Placement interviews (lasting 5 minutes)
Strongly recommended for all students planning to take a mathematics course, particularly those planning to take any course in the calculus sequence. Fanning 313

Results: Will be given to you at interview.

Music

4:30-5 p.m.

Information session. Recommended for all students interested in participating in a music ensemble, taking private lessons, or taking a music course. Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center.
5-7:30 p.m. Music theory placement tests (approximately 30 minutes), Cummings 215.
5-7:30 p.m. Individual auditions for private lessons. Locations will be posted in hallway outside of Cummings 216 (Music Department Office)

Results: Will be given to you immediately following the auditions and placement tests.

Auditions for Performing Groups:

New Music Chamber Ensemble
5:00-7:30 p.m., Cummings Arts Center

Orchestra
5:00-7:30 p.m., Cummings 223

Choir Placement Auditions (Camel Heard and Chorale)
5-7:30 p.m., Cummings 218

More information about our choir ensembles can be found at: http://wordpress.conncoll.edu/choirs/. First-year students and transfer students, please sign up for a 10-minute choir placement audition at: https://goo.gl/kwKDpY Assistant Professor of Music Wendy Moy will take drop-ins on a first-come, first-served basis.

Chorale Audition Requirements:
For Chorale, please prepare 16-32 bars of any unaccompanied “classical,” musical theater, or folk song. Happy Birthday is a perfectly OK choice. Memorization is not required. The piano may be used to establish the starting pitch and tonality. You will also be asked to sight-read and to demonstrate your pitch memory.

Camel Heard Audition Requirements:
For Camel Heard, please prepare an unaccompanied “classical” solo of your choosing that is 1 minute in length. Please also prepare your voice part of the following arrangement of The Star-Spangled Banner (pay attention to this version’s rhythms and notes). You can download the music at http://wordpress.conncoll.edu/choirs/auditions-2/. (Note: If you sing first soprano or first tenor, please learn the second soprano/second tenor part. If you sing alto, please learn the second alto part.) You will also be asked to vocalize and sight-read a short excerpt. All singers invited to Camel Heard callbacks must attend on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 4:15-5:45 p.m. (Those who audition for Camel Heard will automatically be considered for Chorale.)

Additional Auditions for Ensembles after Orientation:

Private Music Lessons
Monday, Aug. 27, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Cummings 216

Jazz Ensembles
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 3 p.m., Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center.

Concert Band
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 6 p.m., Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center.

Russian

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Placement Interview (10 minutes each), Blaustein 310 (Professor of Slavic Studies Andrea Lanoux’s Office)

Results: Will be given to you at interview.

Theater

4:30-5:15 p.m.

Information Session for students interested in any aspect of Theater (performance, tech, classes). Palmer Auditorium, Room 202.

Art (Studio)

5:30-6 p.m.

Information Session for students interested in studio art classes.

6-7:30 p.m.

Portfolio review and class registration for any student planning on taking a Fall semester art course. Student should bring their real or virtual portfolio, if available. If you are unable to attend the portfolio review and course registration, you should email both the Art Department chair, Associate Professor Gregory Bailey, and the course instructor to request a space in the course. Cummings 310

Results: Will be given to you during portfolio review. Professor Bailey will submit your course registration for you directly to the registrar.

Chemistry

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Test is required for enrollment in CHM 107. Olin 014

Results: Will be emailed to you by the end of the day on Sunday, Aug. 26.

Computer Science

5:30-7 p.m.

Placement test and interviews. New London 208 (Professor of Computer Science Ozgur Izmirli’s Office)

Results: Will be given to you at interview.